I think of this checklist differently than my new year's resolutions post. To me this has more concrete goals that can easily be checked off. Either I did it or I didn't. Yes or No. Black or white. I was inspired to do a list by the blog Little Miss Bossy.
1. Ride a bike - This is one of three hold overs from the previous list. It's pretty hard on this side of town, but I really want to do it. I would one day love to be able to ride all the time, but for now I just need to get back on a bike somewhere, some way.
2. 52 weeks - I am going to do the 52 weeks photo project. A new self portrait every week for a year. I have a very hard time with my self image. Of course who doesn't, but it is always jarring for me to see myself in other people's pictures. The me that I see in my head doesn't match the me in the photographs and it always hurts to be confronted with the difference. I think forcing myself to take self portraits will help although I do know that I will still be carefully controlling the image presented. Baby steps with this self awareness thing. You can follow the Flickr set here
3. Grow an herb garden - This was inspired by my recent foray into cooking
. Many recipes call for herbs, but it seems wasteful to buy a clump of them at the grocery store and then just use a tiny bit. I could use dried herbs, but this is better. Now keep in mind that I kill almost every plant that comes near me so this will definitely be a challenge. I don't even know where to start.
4. Submit calls for entry - I did a little better last year and submitted for three calls for entry, but I'm mad at myself because I let some that I really wanted to try slip away. I'm going to do five this year and one of them has to be the Krappy Kamera contest.
5. Go to the Alley Theater - It is shameful, SHAMEFUL, that I have lived this long in Houston and never seen a production in the Alley. I don't think I have even stepped foot inside the building. This is strange because A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories ever and they do it every year.
6. Houston Photobloggers posting schedule - One of the common traits for successful bloggers is setting up a schedule to write their posts. Houston Photobloggers has been very neglected the last few months and it must change. I need to pick one or two days a week where I will sit down and post and I must stick to it. It will be just like having an after school job.
7. Fun walks - This is the last of the carry overs from last year. I would like to make walking a part of my every day routine (since biking is impractical right now) but I need a goal. Something to get ready for. I didn't even begin to get close to completing this one last year. I hope I do better this time.
8. One roll of film every two months - I love my toy cameras, but I am monumentally slow at taking photos with them. It sometimes takes me six months or more to finish one roll of film. So while two months may seem like a long time, it will be a significant production increase if I pull it off.
9. One-on-one photowalks - Even though I push people in my Flickr group to organize big group outings it isn't really something that I enjoy. I am at ease and get the most out the experience when I am with just one other person (maybe two). The people that I spent time with last year have become wonderful friends in all respects, not just photography. I want to continue developing these one on one friendships and develop new ones. I would like two of the photowalks to be with new people.
10. Go out on a weeknight - My normal routine is to come home after a day's work, sit on the couch and watch TV/surf the internet and go to bed at 10:30. It always feels strange to me to go out on a weeknight. That's something the young 'uns do, not old maids like me. And I'm not even talking about doing something exotic. Just things like going to a movie, or going shopping, going to a museum or park or out to eat. I usually reserve that stuff for the weekend. Part of it is that I have to drive into town if I want to do anything interesting and I'm usually tired at the end of a work day. I want to break away from this rut that I'm in and get a mini-recharge in the middle of the week. I am going to set the goal of going out at least once a week. This is the one that I'm most nervous about. I'm not sure if I can do it. Change is scary.
11. Be spontaneous - Since 11 is my favorite number I'm throwing a more esoteric item here. Be spontaneous. The fact that I had to write down on a checklist a reminder to myself to be spontaneous should give you some insight into my personality. I need to work on not worrying about everything so much, not planning everything to the tiniest detail and enjoying the surprises of life.